Synth Site: EMU: Proteus FX Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Jay a professional user from USA writes:
I would tend to dissagree with anyone saying that this board is not for proffessional use. It certainly is. The sounds are excellent, though it does lack the filters many electronic musicians like to have for synth sweeps and pads, there are FX that can mimmick these parameters if used correctly. the drums are great the sounds are good the saxes and pianos are good as well I would say that all the things this board has are good considering that this module was designed with the purpose of giving the user a little bit of all the that e-mu had to offer at the time at a budget price..all anyone needs is a little patience and imagination and you can achieve what ever you desire...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-21-2004 at 20:32
Don a professional user from USA writes:
The Proteus FX has some bases covered well, and some left wanting. As everyone agrees, the pianos are pretty worthless, so don't get it for a do-all unit. The EP's are frighteningly bad, especially the "Wurli". It sounds nothing like a Wurlitzer. It sounds like and organ patch with some pulse synth wave thrown on top to try to give it a reedy quality. Many of the synth sounds are bad replications of dated D50/M1-style sounds from a decade ago. BUT, there are some major pluses that I found. Many of the string sounds are very detailed and fill in a MIDI string layer very nicely. Some of the ensemble sounds (pads) are also good for layering. Many of the solo orchestral voices are very usable. Several of the bass and acoustic guitars are also very clean and stack up well against newer units. (Upright and fretless basses stink, though). A couple of the Minimoog lead sounds are nicely playable for soloing. And several of the B3 imitations are very ballsy and gritty. No Leslie simulation, though. Just bad vibrato. Run through a Pro Motion cabinet or similar fake leslie, some of these would be dandy. Possibly they came from the Vintage Keys box? Wouldn't surprise me at all, considering the way these companies rehash there samples over and over again.

The reviewer who said the Korg X5 was better is not altogether right. An X5DR would certainly be a better option for and inexpensive, comprehensive unit. But the acoustic sounds, solo and ensemble, are garbage in the Korg. As are the lead synths. So actually the two complement each other well, and together would be a nice little inexpensive rig for sequencing demos or some live work. Here's an idea: Studiologic SL880 controller (88 note weighted action), Kurzweil MicroPiano, Korg X5DR, and Proteus FX. Buying them all used, you could set up a very nice starter/budget rig for right around $1200.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-11-2002 at 21:50
sjmojo a professional user writes:
bought one in 94 and sold very quick at the same price i bought $450.emu really released some shit boards after bought by the singapore-pc soundtoys kingdom-creative labs(mother of the soundblaster).so-so sound quality,dry and punchless,lacks dynamic,really only good for a beginner or tight budget musician.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 06:08
Lorenzo Varela a part-time user from Puerto Rico writes:
This synth is good at acoustic sounds like solo violin,cello,oboe etc. Pianos are crap, many of the wavforms are from the proteus 1,2 series. It has a lot of presets but no "real" editing capabilities. It has reverb but is useless.

This module is not for proffecional use but if you are in a budget you can get a lot of sounds out of it. U-220 with some cards sound better than this synth.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-22-2001 at 20:09
Rommel Carrera a part time user from Philippines writes:
I bought this in '94, choosing it over a JV-880. It replaced the Yamaha TG100 in my setup. The acoustic sounds are great. The ensemble and solo string sounds made their way into my band's album at the time. A record reviewer even thought we used a real cello !

The synth sounds are crap. No resonant filter. The pianos are okay, but I prefer the Roland versions.

The drums lack punch. The organs are nice, if processed through a leslie simulator or equivalent. It sounds great in the studio, but lacks energy (and is too fragile, specially the @#$&amp;% power supply) for live use. I bartered the unit for a Korg X5 in 1996, preferring the X5's organ and synth sounds for playing live in my rock group at the time. Overall, it's a good synth for making demos if you're into classical or mainstream pop. Definitely not for rock or techno.

Looking back, maybe I should've bought the JV-880, as it can be expanded with the great expansion boards that are coming out from Roland.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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